Officer Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Officer Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, May 24, 1981

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Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Officer Thomas Szafranski was shot and killed by a sniper with a high-powered rifle while sitting in his patrol car near Davis Street and Sixth Street.

The sniper shot him in the head in the unprovoked attack. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on March 24th, 1998.

Officer Szafranski had served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for six years.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Executed in 1998

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My sister was seeing Tom’s roommate and we were both still living at our parents house at the time . The phone rang and it was his roommate calling to tell my sister what had happened. He had called her from the hospital and had refused to leave Tom . They stayed on the phone for hours trying to make sense of it all . Everyone was stunned and in shock . It was and still is one of the saddest events . His life was taken because of some low life . RIP .. you are not forgotten .

Sharon K.
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October 6, 2021

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